Indo-Pacific

Trump Foreign Policy Optimism
Reasons for Optimism: Initial Thoughts on a Trump Administration

Much of the coverage of Donald Trump’s foreign policy views have focused on areas of concern. Here are some reasons for optimism.

Innovate Perish Challenges Third Offset Strategy
Innovate or Perish: Challenges to the Third Offset Strategy

Speaking last Friday CSIS, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter warned that military excellence is not America’s “birthright”. It must be earned again and again.

Bhumibol Adulyadej
70 Years a King

The just deceased Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej after 70 years of rule was the longest head of state, a status now belonging to Queen Elizabeth II.

Will the US Uphold or Abandon Vietnam Religious Freedom
Will the U.S. Uphold or Abandon Religious Freedom in Vietnam?

Vietnam experts at Hudson Institute event argue that the U.S. should hold Vietnam accountable for religious freedom violations.

Lost Cause: The American Christians of North Korea in the Second World War
Lost Cause: The American Christians of North Korea in the Second World War

During WWII, children of the American Christian missionaries in Korea served in significant roles in the U.S. government and sought to direct U.S. attention and efforts toward Korea.

Jerusalem Lost: The Eradication of Christianity in Pyongyang, 1945-1953
Jerusalem Lost: The Eradication of Christianity in Pyongyang, 1945-1953

The spread of Christianity in Korea and the city of Pyongyang, described in Part I, and the rise of Korean…

President Obama Should Stay Focused Human Rights Laos
President Obama Should Stay Focused on Human Rights in Laos

Obama should address human rights challenges in his private meetings with Laotian government officials. More specifically, Obama should reiterate U.S. government calls for an investigation into the enforced disappearance of decorated Laotian rural community leader, Sombath Somphone.

Losing to the Dragon Book Review Gallagher China Triangle
Losing to the Dragon

Gallagher argues that a new age of trade between Latin America, China, and the United States, has developed to create the “China Triangle”, which poses new challenges to the US.

Operation Chromite
New Film on MacArthur & Inchon

A new South Korean film, Operation Chromite, is about a South Korean undercover team that rambunctiously clears the way for Douglas MacArthur’s celebrated 1950 landing at Inchon, which rescued the South from communist North Korean occupation.